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For over forty years, saxophonist Michael Paulo has made a living making records and performing with some of the brightest stars in pop, R&B and jazz, but when he produces events like next month’s Temecula Wine & Music Festival, it’s personal. He’s not only a longtime Murrieta resident, but the festival’s beneficiary, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County, directly impacts his own family.

“A few years ago, my youngest daughter, Natasha, volunteered to help out the Club. She came home and said they don’t even have supplies for the kids she was working with. We are close friends with one of the founding members who said that they needed help. This is the fifth year that the festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County,” said Paulo, whose Apaulo Productions produces the festival that will mark its 15th edition this Memorial Day Weekend.

Taking place on Saturday, May 25 from 12-6pm at Hawk Ranch, Paulo has assembled a diverse international musical lineup along with world-class winemakers. Topping the marquee is platinum-selling pop-rockers Pablo Cruise who are certain to include hits “Love Will Find A Way,” “What You Gonna Do” and “A Place in the Sun” in their set list. Paulo’s relationship with the group dates back many decades.

“Pablo Cruise toured the same circuit I was on during my stint with the Hawaiian rock band Kalapana in the 1970s and 80s,” said the Hawaii native who injects the generous and joyous aloha spirit into everything he does.

Paulo will team with Grammy nominated jazz/R&B keyboardist-vocalist Patrice Rushen who returns to the festival for an all-star performance that will feature members of contemporary jazz band Hiroshima, Japanese sax man Kanzaki, and some of the finest sidemen in music including bassist Freddie Washington, drummer Michael White and guitarist Fred Schreuders. Paulo’s father, Rene Paulo, will sit in with the ensemble on piano. The first to take the stage will be regal jazz singer Barbara Morrison, who will be accompanied by Japanese guitarist Yu Ooka, keyboardist Kimo Cornwell, trumpeter Ron King, bassist JV Collier, percussionist Arno Lucas and drummer Land Richards.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to partake in some of the region’s finest vintners such as Wilson Creek Winery, Falkner Winery, San Antonio Winery, 14 Hands Winery, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, BWSB, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Drumheller and Murder Ridge.

This year’s festival is the second consecutive to take place at Hawk Ranch. “The venue sets the mood for the festival with its scenic park setting nestled among tress and a quaint pond,” said Paulo.

Tickets are on sale now at Tix.com priced at $40 for general admission lawn seats, $55 gold reserved seats, $85 reserved table seating, $95 premium seating up front that provides entrance to an exclusive artist meet & greet reception. Sponsor seating is available for $250 that includes the reception along with complimentary wine and food.

Paulo’s professional career spans more than forty years, and includes playing alongside Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Peter White, Bobby Caldwell and Rick Braun. Producing and performing at the Temecula Wine & Music Festival is a way he gives back to his community.

“Every year, with the help and support of our friends, family and the community, we are able to host our festival. After moving to the Temecula Valley 16 years ago, we are so fortunate to continue this wonderful community event now in its 15th year. Last year, we raised over $14,000 from the festival for the Boys & Girls Club. We are hoping to surpass that this year. We hope everyone will come out and support the festival.”

For more information, please visit http://www.temeculawineandmusicfestival.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

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Grooves at the Westin features Michael Paulo & Friends with vocalist Deniece Williams, Gregg Karukas and more…

Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Westin Mission Hills, 71333 Dinah Shore Dr, Rancho Mirage, California 92270

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An evening of spectacular and funky music featuring R&B Vocalist Louis Price, Gospel and Jazz superstar Jonathan Butler, Veteran Saxman Everette Harp, Vocalist Lynn Fiddmont, Michael Paulo and the LA all stars Brian Simpson on Keys, Ready Freddie Washington on bass, Land Richards on Drums and more. Collectively they have performed and recorded with over 1000 pop, jazz and R&B artists such as : Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Whitney Houston, George Benson, Gladys Knight,Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Al Jarreau, Phil Collins, Luther Vandross, Bobby Caldwell, and more. You will not be disappointed as these seasoned pros take to the stage and play some of your favorite R&B and original jazz classics. $85 VIP Reception meet your favorite artist with gourmet appetizers ,wine and beverages. $60 table seats,$ 45 gold reserved, $35 general open seating . Buy all four shows and use the code : 4shows for 20 percent off for ll four shows! code good until Feb 5th.

Get tickets here.

Saturday, February 06, 2016 07:00 PM

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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More Music , More Wineries, More Vendors! With over eighteen acts over the weekend and over ten wineries offering a unique wine tasting experience they are one of California’s largest wine and music events. Don’t miss the concert event of the year in Temecula’s wine country.

The venue location at Vail Lake RV Resort is within an hour drive from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego and San Bernadino counties. Come and enjoy a weekend of music, wine, and community support. The Temecula Wine and Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Temecula Valley.

This year, the festival will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County, which serves 6-18 year-olds and their families by providing transportation to and from the Clubhouses and school from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every school day, and exceptional programs that teach leadership, character, science, math, the arts, health and nutrition, and sports.

With it’s mix of Pop, Jazz and R & B artists coupled with the atmosphere of Temecula’s venue Vail Lake Resort, this will be an event you don’t want to miss!

Brenda Russell, vocals | Warren Hill, saxophone | Patrice Rushen, piano | Michael Paulo, saxophone | Gregg Karukas, keys | Chris Standring, guitar | Kanzaki, saxophone | Antonio Pontarelli, rock violin/vocals| Freddie Washington, bass | Michael White, drums

Vail Lake Resort, 38000 California 79, Temecula, California 92591

La Quinta Resort & Club welcomes some of the nation’s top musicians, in a setting as breathtaking as their talent. Spend each weekend on the main lawn against the backdrop of fragrant citrus trees and the Santa Rosa Mountains. It’s the perfect stage for an unforgettable experience.

Sunday March 27
3:00 pm

Deniece Williams, Ray Parker Jr., Gregg Karukas and Freddie Washington

Sunday April 10
3:00 pm

Jonathan Butler with Brian Simpson Band

Friday April 22
7:00 pm

Steve Oliver and Paul Taylor

Friday May 6
7:00 pm

Rick Braun with special guest Michael Paulo

For more information visit Grooves in the Grove.

La Quinta Resort & Club, 49-499 Eisenhower Dr, La Quinta, California 9225

Saddleback College radio station KSBR (88.5 FM) is partnering with the City of Mission Viejo to host its 21st Birthday Bash celebration at 24932 Veterans Way. The festival, a signature fundraising event for KSBR-FM, will feature more than 40 jazz artists including David Benoit, Hiroshima, Greg Adams, and Evelyn Champagne King.

The annual bash is a 4-hour concert featuring talented contemporary jazz artists in a freewheeling jam session. This year’s lineup includes big stars that will be announced on stage along with famous favorites such as Brian Bromberg, Chieli Minucci, Dan Siegel, Richard Smith, Freddie Fox, Max Bennett, Blake Aaron, Freddie Washington, Steve Reid, and Dean Grech.

Each Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime concert for both the artists and the audience. The music will never happen in exactly the same way again. The roster from previous shows is a virtual “who’s who” of contemporary jazz. Check out the website for the list of past performers. Get your tickets early as this has sold out in the past.

Doors open at 3 p.m., with a special pre-Bash concert by the Saddleback Big Band kicking off a half-hour later. The Bash starts at 5 p.m.

Advance sale ticket prices begin at $45. In recognition of the recent dedication of the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, veterans and active military personnel may purchase tickets at a $10 discount through the Saddleback College Veterans Office 949- 582-4252. Tickets are available to the public at KSBR.